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|20 weeks 6 days ago||Excellent||
Now I can spend another unproductive week of work discussing the new staff, and looking forward to steady improvement (hopefully in all sports) through 2015.
|21 weeks 3 days ago||Happy Posbang||
Finishing up the Christmas travel with the family. A posbang helps take the edge off.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks Seth||
Excellent write up, it's funny how your age plays a role in all of the names you connect. I feel like it has always been the Outback bowl for me.
I think there needs to be a long term commitment on these sponshorships. Like 25 years minimum, I'm kinda okay with the peach bowl as it has always to me been the Chick-fil-A peach bowl. Having fewer bowl games would help a lot too. Making the sponsorships harder to get and you could incentivise continuity.
On the macro scale it is another indictment of the corruption of money in sports. How did the Florida citrus growers ever have the money to run a bowl game. Nowadays, you big shot sports types would tell you it could never be done without these sponsors.
|21 weeks 6 days ago||Grievance||
Still no voting buttons in the android app. It really hinders my Friday posbang experience.
|23 weeks 6 days ago||Harbaugh||
I am intrigued by this Harbaugh character, he seems very well qualified.
|24 weeks 3 days ago||Just what I needed||
Posbang Friday, giving me the fortitude do deal with sick kids.
|25 weeks 1 day ago||Number of sports the schools offer may be a factor||
As someone who grew up with private schooling I think one difference may be the number of sports teams some of the private schools field. My school had limited athletic opportunities, and thus many top athletes who excelled in multiple sports were limited to basketball, soccer and football. If we had swimming, lacrosse, hockey or wrestling it may have drawn some of these athletes away.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||I say no muppets, but I understand where you are||
I say no muppets, but I understand where you are coming from. Its the little things in life you need to look forward to.
|32 weeks 1 day ago||Win||
I will take the win, hopefully the bye week can keep the improvement going.
|34 weeks 15 hours ago||Get Ready||
Be prepared, because I am sure Brandon has some drone based T-shirt carpet bombing planned. Of course it will be in conjunction with Coke, Dominos, and Sam Bernstein.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||please stay OT...||
Hopefully he does not make it onto any of our prospective coach lists.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke or Brandon||
Given Brandon's micromanaging ways I don't know how much is Hoke's stubborness or Brandon's fingers in the pie.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Agree on the need to calm down||
I totally agree that we need to calm down. The whole situation needs insightful, reasonable analysis. I understand that losses lead to calls of fire Home or fire Brandon. Whatever we do we need to put the coaches and players in a position to succeed. That means meaningful discussion about what is and is not working. Otherwise we end up with change for the sake of change.
You mention Borges was the problem, perhaps this season is proving that is not the case. I wonder if there is conflict between Nuss and some of the position coaches, especially the O line.
Overall, I think Brandon has done more damage to the program than Home and don't have confidence in him selecting another coach.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||How did 11-2 happen?||
I really have begun to wonder how they could go from 11-2 to looking this incompetent in such a short time. Were they ridiculously lucky, or was there some organization or work ethic that held over from RR? I am curious if no one sees what the issues or are they just ignoring them.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed||
It is amazing looking back at the past 8 years, and the decline to mediocrity or worse. Especially with a declining Big Ten as the backdrop. Looking back I would be gladly take a vanilla coach and a string of 8 win seasons just to see the program is competent.
|34 weeks 1 day ago||How do things operate?||
The more I hear the more I see chaos within the program, some of that is due to the staff, and some is the situation. No one likes losing, it is demoralizing and can break down team morale / cohesion. I also think Brandon inserting himself into the Football program is probably not helping things. With all the chaos I can't figure out how this team operates, which leads me to wonder if the staff even knows. What does Hoke do? He seems a figurehead more and more, and with limited coaching staff positions he is an expensive way to fill a position. I have no dobut he has a love for the University, but does he have the vision to lead this team, or is he being hindered by Brandon's micromanaging alpha dog persona. I also wonder why Nuss is on the sidelines, and if he is running into conflicts with the position coaches. I assume he knows his stuff, and if he had confidence in the staff he could sit up in the box and focus on calling plays. Maybe he does not trust some of the position coaches beneath him? That is probably why I'm screaming fire someone now. Given the chaos I don't know who to fire, and that is probably a weak vote for cleaning house.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Support the team||
Until the end of the season I think people need to stop the booing and badmouthing the players and staff. I'm not saying ignore the failures, there will be a time to look back, survey the season and figure out which changes need to be made. This attitude of bitching and moaning does not help. It hinders the players and destroys their confidence. It turns off potential recruits, and if you really want a new coach it is only going to make it harder to find someone interested in the job. Be clear about what you are dissappointed in and your expectations are, when you have to be concise you may begin to realize there is less to bitch about than you think.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Details||
Our record does suck, but when I watch the game on a play by play basis I see lots of aspects improving. The offensive playcalling has been solid, execution by Gardner and the line have been the downfall. The defensive line and linebackers are getting the job done, we just need to shore up the secondary. The more I think about it Hoke's greatest liability could be his loyalty for certain players and staff. Gardner was the QB going into the season, and he has talent, but its time to try something different. I remember a time when people were saying fire Funk, and was surprised that when Nuss arrived there were not bigger changes in the offensive staff. I am surprised that so much frustration has turned to Hoke. I understend the head coach is always on the hook, but do we want to start the whole process over again.
As an aside, what happened for the 11-2 season. Was there some secret talent on that team? Were we crazy lucky? I mostly conclude that our play calling was / is good, and given the supposed top recruits our issue lies with talent development. If Hoke is gone at the end of the season, it will probably be because he should have cut out some more dead wood.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||How much is Hoke's fault||
There is so much conjecture about "Hoke causes this" or makes his coordinators do this. I want to know what really happens and who is making the calls everyone seems to dislike. I did not like the game today, but also did not feel like we were horribly RPSed. My biggest complaints are in player development and building the program (the head coach really controls these). The head coach always takes the heat, but I'm not sure he is the true problem. Call me crazy but I am more interested in sticking with Hoke and the coordinators instead starting this whole cycle over again.
That said, seeing Hoke's love for the program I would not be surprised to see him offer his resignation to Brandon, because I do think he wants the best for the program, more than his dream job.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Gardner's Arm||
At the end of the game we needed a miracle and Morris was going big. I feel like we have not seen that at all this season from Gardner, and as a result our opponents seem to be pulling in their coverage minimizing our passing options. I do not know if sticking with the short passing game is a matter of strategy or Gradner's skills. I do feel like giving Morris a chance would be a good idea, but I'm not expecting a miracle.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Defensive Line / Linebackers||
I have been quite frustrated by the defenses inability to close off the edges or get to a scrambling QB. We seem really slow. I know our run defense has been great, but we just seem off when it comes to chasing someone down in the backfield.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Really questioning if I'm going to finish this game||
Begin copious amounts of alcohol....
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Go Bigger Please||
We are doing too much short passing, they have moved the coverage up. We need to exploit them deep.
|35 weeks 1 day ago||Are we Mediocre or Unlucky||
Watching this game I just don't know what the issue is.
I recognize the O-line is okay at best, and am beginning to think Gardner is about the same.
I also can't say the play calling has been atrocious, so I do wonder is execution the issue?
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Solid Performance||
I really enjoyed him. Content and delivery were great, a pleasure to listen to.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke's role||
I don't mind Brady Hoke as a figure head for the program. He may not have the intensity I like on the sidelines, but there is a love for Michigan he conveys to players and recruits. That said I kind of hope Nussmeier is pushing for a larger role / more control. He seems to have a commonsense approach, but may be getting micromanaged into tough positions. I really would like to know how much Hoke is involved on the sidelines play by play. He gets a lot of the blame, and the buck stops with the head coach, but I think everyone on the staff shares a portion of guilt when things fall apart.
|36 weeks 1 day ago||Disagree||
I do not think Frank Clark is playing up to the hype. He had a solid performance, but when you consider the opposition I would expect more beastmode. I do think he is playing smarter than a season ago, but he looks a little slower and and overall less likely to rage his way to a sack.
|37 weeks 23 hours ago||Smith > Green||
I go for Smith, mostly because he seems to have better vision. It may be the O-line, but I feel like Green ran right into traffic quite regularly. Maybe he is sticking with the play, but it is annoying to see him run into the pile when there is open space available.
I was also surprised with the commitment we had for the ground game that we did not try different looks, or give Drake Johnson some snaps. All of our backs have talent, we need to find what works, and not demoralize them working behind a weak line.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Hoke's lack of intensity||
I will say I do like Hoke, but he seems to be very accepting / complacent when we are behind. I do not know if it is lack of charisma to stimulate a comeback, or misplaced confidence in our abilities. When Notre Dame took the ball to start the game I was intrigued, and wonder if Kelly thought setting the tempo, and taking the early lead would make us more passive. Michigan has a winning culture, but sometimes the culture may add to the complacency too. I want us to be confident, but false confidence is dangerous.
I do wonder on the being young thing. You will always have positions where you are forced to give someone some on the job training. I think the issue is more that we do not recognize these liabilities and leave those players out to get burned. I will also say that an issue pushing all the young talent on the field may be injuries. I don't have statistics, but gut feeling is that we have had a higher than average injury rate.
|1 year 17 weeks ago||Maybe||
I think they are in the same class. The trouble is that Beilein seems to be a nice, low key guy, and won't get the limelight like Izzo does. It is also hurts that his rise has occoured along with the B1G, so it doesn't look as dominant. I hope he can keep it up.